Anger: why are you?
This world of instant everything has reduced our reserve of restraint and pulverized our passel of patience.
Add to this, divergent political views and conversations ending in bickering, name calling, foul language, threats, and worse, and you have highly impatient, anxious, irritable, and restless citizens.
While there is a righteous anger, to be profoundly against what God is against, that’s one thing. But an anger that just explodes out of trivialities is dangerous.
If you ever read comments on social media, where the angries camp out, you’ll find people offended over hairstyles, a silly cat video, and all sorts of things that make you say, “Whaaaat?”
And the real danger of anger is growing.
Think of anger this way: If you ran bathwater upstairs, then went downstairs to do something and got sidetracked, forgetting the water was running, it would soon become evident that the tub was overflowing. when water started dripping through the first-floor family room ceiling. But would it do any good to just mop up the family room without turning off the running water problem upstairs?
No. You have to find the source of the anger and turn it off.
We have to, as Barney Fife would say, “Nip it! Nip it in the bud!” Because if we don’t, it will get worse, it will spread, if it isn’t nipped.
Solomon wrote, “Wrath is cruel and anger is a flood.” (Prov. 27:4a CEB)
Unfortunately, the tub of hate and anger is overflowing and leaking into every area of life! Those easily angered tempt others to jump in the tub.
Love: where are you?
Real love resides in the person of Jesus Christ.
Peter tells us, “Now you can have real love for everyone because your souls have been cleansed from selfishness and hatred when you trusted Christ to save you; so see to it that you really do love each other warmly, with all your hearts.” (1 Peter 1:22 TLB)
When we receive this real love into our lives, do we then willingly pour it out to others? Or are we too selfish and set in our own ways that we do not share it?
Do we see the face of Christ in others? If God is love and “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit,” (Rom. 5:5 NKJV) then how do we not see others as vessels containing God’s Spirit, unless the snarling monster of self raises its ugly head to block our view?
How can we love God and hate Him in others at the same time? Solomon said, “He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself].” (Prov. 14:21 Amp) If we say God reigns supreme in our lives, why are we so unloving to the rest of His family?
Jesus told the disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34 NKJV)
Do we really think about what He said? Do we love others with this same kind of love with no exclusions?
Do we take a deep breath and wait when we sense anger rises up within us? Do we watch our words?
Do we take time for ourselves, to get away from the chaos of life and seek the Lord to tap into that Real Love?
Lord, may anger and hatred be far from us and may we desire to know more fully Your precious love for us that we might be vessels of Your love to others. Amen!
“So then, my beloved brethren,
let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak,
slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not
produce the righteousness of God.”
(James 1:19-20 NKJV)
May anger be a stranger to you and may you be intimately acquainted with Perfect Love…Lynn